An advertisement for a live event in Turkey may have revealed a big twist in one of the title matches for this Sunday at the Royal Rumble.
Wrestling, Inc. posted the advertisement earlier today, a commercial for a live event in Istanbul, Turkey. The event is for February 23, six days after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
In the advertisement it announces Ryback will face WWE Champion CM Punk at the event.
Here it is:
The event is confirmed on WWE.com, but without the match details.
There are a few ways to look at this:
First off, this could be viewed as a huge spoiler, one that show’s the WWE is going to throw a huge twist into this Sunday’s WWE championship match by having Punk retain the title against The Rock.
Or, since the event is after the Elimination Chamber event, it’s a sign Punk will regain the title inside the Chamber, if he were to lose at the Rumble.
Or, it could be looked at as simply a pre-made ad that has not been changed or updated.
According to the article on Wrestling, Inc. a similar thing happened to Big Show, where they claim he was advertised as recently as last week as world champion.
The problem with this is the situations are different. Show was expected to stay champion for some time. But as his contract negotiations broke down, it began to look like this was going to be his last match in the WWE.
This is one reason Alberto Del Rio was given the title. A few days later Show and the WWE worked things out and he re-signed.
It's hard to imagine the WWE would put together a video package for an event after the Rumble, concerning the WWE title, when they have known Punk and Rock were going to wrestle, and simply forgot about it.
Live events are planned months in advance. Surely with Rock and his busy schedule, they have also known he would be involved with the organization for months as well.
Perhaps the WWE has done an about-face concerning Punk and Rock. In the end all these questions won't be answered until after this Sunday's Royal Rumble.